Monday, May 23, 2011


It has been 20 days since my last blogpost.  Between illness, travel, and various other etc.'s, I haven't been able to find time to write.  Actually, some days I had time, but couldn't get my mind straight long enough to write.  So, today, I'm beginning this post and will do it in bits and pieces, if necessary.  

Today, I couldn't decide what to make for dinner.  I didn't want the same ol', same ol', so I started going through cookbooks looking for something different.  The result was that we had Baked Spaghetti.  I had never made it before,  but it was simple and we enjoyed it.  On some level, it reminded me of Cincinnati Chili Four-Way.  Although,  I have to admit that I have only had that at Steak 'n Shake, so I'm not really sure if that is the typical flavor.  Oh well, I like it.

So, here's my recipe for Baked Spaghetti.

adapted from Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook

1 pkg. (12 oz.) spaghetti
1  lb. ground beef
1 med. orange bell pepper, chopped
1 med. onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 oz.) Spanish-style tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, cook beef, bell pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until the meat is browned; drain.  Stir in the next seven ingredients.

Drain spaghetti.  Transfer to a greased baking dish (I used olive oil cooking spray).  Add beef mixture.  Stir together.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese.  Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Serves 12.


"Eleanor Rigby" - Vince Guaraldi

Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” - 

Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C



Megan said...

Sounds yummy! I don't think I've ever baked spaghetti before so I'll have to give it a try.

Mom said...

this baked spaghetti dish has "comfort food" written all over it! sounds delicious.
i found your blog on Very Good Recipes and i will be back to check out more of your cooking. have a great day.

The Self-Taught Cook said...

First, I have to apologize to both of you for my delay in responding. Thank you for your comments. Some days I feel as though I'm just talking to myself on this blog, so when someone leaves a comment, it's very exciting! If you try the recipe, please let me know how it turned out. Again, thanks for stopping by! : )


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